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Our Boston physical therapy staff provides the highest quality of individualized outpatient orthopedic care. At Spine & Sports Injury Center each patient is treated one on one in a fashion tailored to their athletic, occupation or daily needs.

In addition to their higher education in physical therapy, all of our P.T.’s have studied a multitude of hands on techniques to accompany movement assessments that elevate them above other therapists. As a group we are unique in that we offer excellent one-on-one care without overbooking or double booking so that each patient gets the time and attention that he or she deserves.

What is Physical Therapy?

Orthopedic physical therapy focuses on the treatment or rehabilitation of injuries to the orthopedic system, which includes muscles, bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments. Physical therapy is often helpful in treating orthopedic conditions that can cause pain, decreased strength, decreased range of motion, or swelling.

What is Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy?

Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (OMPT) is any “hands-on” treatment provided by the physical therapist. Treatment may include joint mobilization and manipulation, muscle stretching, muscular and fascial release, and neuromuscular training to improve activation and coordination. Physical therapists at Spine and Sports Injury Center use advanced soft tissue techniques, including Active Release, dry needling, myofascial release, and deep tissue mobilization, to improve the mobility and function of tissue and muscles.

What Conditions Can Be Treated with Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy?

Orthopaedic manual physical therapists treat acute and chronic conditions throughout the body. Spine and Sports Injury Center’s physical therapists perform advanced assessments as the first step in creating a comprehensive program to address your specific needs.

Following an injury, your body produces scar tissue that forms adhesions in joints and muscles. These adhesions restrict normal movement, significantly increasing the risk of reinjury and compensation injuries. In these instances, an Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapist can perform hands-on techniques to improve mobility, reduce pain, and restore normal function of the soft tissues and joints. The therapist can prescribe and implement the most effective individualized exercise and movement re-education program to maintain and improve health.

How is Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy different from other forms of bodywork?

The key differences between OMPT and other types of bodywork are 1) the careful examination of the patient’s movement patterns, 2) the creation of a personalized exercise program, and 3) the constant re-assessment of progress and limitations.

All OMPT is based upon a careful examination of the patient’s movement patterns, which can include not only restrictions of mobility but also abnormal compensatory movements that prevent a condition from improving. There is a continuous cycle of assessment, treatment, re-assessment, and further treatment based on the patient’s response to the therapy provided. In many cases, a person’s response to OMPT provides guidance to both patient and physical therapist about how the condition can be better cared for independently by the patient.

Do I need Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy?

Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy is recommended if you have muscle, joint, or soft tissue conditions that affect movement, strength, posture, or cause pain. Commonly treated conditions include: traumatic, overuse, or athletic injuries, postural dysfunction, post-operative recovery, arthritis, and congenital conditions. Patients can benefit from skilled OMPT intervention to attain optimal health, return to activity, or minimize disability associated with chronic disease progression.

Want More Information?

The Spine & Sports Injury Center team is here to help you or answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to book an appointment.


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